Emerging central defender links up with Barwell...
EMERGING central defender, Matt Preston, has linked up with Evo-Stik League Northern Premier Division outfit, Barwell, on a one-month loan deal.
The former youth team skipper, who won the Apprentice of the Season award last term, is a first-year professional who is relishing the opportunity to get regular competitive action under his belt.
"I am looking forward to the experience," he said. "It's the chance for me to get games under my belt and show people what I can do.
"The important thing is that I will be involved with competitive football each week and with that comes new experiences that you can only get from playing in match situations.
"That said, I feel that I have really progressed since the summer. Obviously the Gaffer played in my position during his playing days and has been a massive help, so too has the likes of Dean Holden and Andy Butler who are always on hand with hints and tips. I can't fail to learn from experience like this.
"Obviously my target at Barwell is to play as often as I can and find a level of consistency in my performances. This is a great opportunity for me and one that I intend to grab with both hands to help everyone involved.
"I don't know too much about the level that I will be going into, but I do know that it will be competitive, something which will suit me."
Preston stands by to make his debut as Barwell travel to high-flying AFC Fylde at the weekend.